What’s a Breath Alcohol Calibration Standard?
We talk to our customers about the importance of maintaining the accuracy of their breath alcohol test instruments by performing Accuracy Checks and Calibration Adjustments, and we devote a significant amount of our classroom BAT training on how to perform these procedures as well. An element that sometimes doesn’t get as much discussion is the one thing necessary to perform Accuracy Checks and Calibration Adjustments: the Calibration Standard.
A Calibration Standard is a known quantity that we use to compare against our measuring device – in this case, a breath alcohol testing device. In medical settings calibration standards are frequently called “controls, and the process that we typically call Accuracy Check is called “running a control.” Depending on the particular device, it is not unusual for staff in medical settings to run a “high control” and a “low control” in order to verify that the device in question is giving correct readings. In alcohol testing, however, it is customary to verify at only one point.
Why Isn’t There A “Re-Certification” Box As A Reason To Test On The Federal CCF Form”?
Have you ever wondered why the DOT Custody and Control form (CCF), doesn't list "re-certification" as a reason to perform DOT drug testing? This is a good question. It is a common practice for some companies to request a DOT drug test at the same time a CDL driver is scheduled for a DOT Re-certification Physical. When confronted with this request, the tendency is for specimen collectors to mark the “Other” box on the Federal CCF and write in “Re-Cert” as the reason for the drug test. This practice creates a couple of issues:
Meet Ken Hutchinson, AlcoPro’s New Training Director
It is with great pleasure AlcoPro introduces Ken Hutchinson as our newly appointed Training Director. Ken brings over 27-years of experience in the DOT drug and alcohol testing and compliance industry. For 10-years Ken served as a clinic manager, overseeing drug and alcohol testing training programs to ensure BAT and Specimen Collector personnel were knowledgeable in DOT Federal Regulations and professional in daily testing protocols.
24/7 Sobriety: A Solution with 99% Success Rate
Can something as simple as having to demonstrate sobriety twice a day really keep DUI offenders from drinking?
For 10 years South Dakota has operated a novel program called "24/7 Sobriety" that has achieved significant success in keeping individuals from drinking. While most approaches to combatting DUI offenders focus on removing the individual from the car (license revocation, ignition interlock devices), the 24/7 approach removes the individual from alcohol. Here’s how it works: